I need four sides of skirting for dovetailing in a way opposite the main body of the chest. As in, tails are cut into the face board of the main chest, but will get cut into the side boards of the skirt, to counteract each other and increase overall stability. I’m only able to get the bottom skirting entirely from my blue board:
- Two long boards, front and back
- Two short sides
I want the blue and/or weathered edges to be ‘up,’ and cut edge down on these boards, and each rip of the blue stuff yields a long and short skirt blank. We’ll see what’s left of ‘ole Blue after that. Last question before I can cut wood: How wide (high?) should the lower skirt of this chest be? Here’s what I know:
- I plan on putting this chest on wheels that extend about an inch below the bottom skirt. In other words, the bottom skirt will extend beyond the bottom of the chest by 1 1/2”. Why? It’s the original chest I want to see more of when all is said and done, not my additions. So less is essentially more when it comes to these skirt boards. That said, the bottom piece will be the widest.
- The upper skirt will match up with the lid skirt, and I don’t want the some of those parts, when the lid is closed, to make the chest appear top heavy. A certain width is required, though, due the hinges being set where they are.
I got my copy of The Anarchist’s Tool Chest back from Dad (he had stalled in his reading, not a hand tool guy) and found his lower skirt was six inches, upper was only wide enough for a single dovetail. That was a good touchstone, but of course his toolchest is much larger overall. So anything I get that approaches 6” is good.
What I can’t get over is the 3/4” thickness of a lower skirt. Three-quarter inch stock sticks out very proud from the chest, and it’s not attractive at all to my eye. It’s not a perfect reference pic, but here’s the chest w/ such material underneath and up the edges.
When I stood those corners up alongside the chest, they were simply too thick. So I’ll reduce them via lunchbox planer to something less, for sure. Over to the blue board, then, to mark and cut it into pieces. I do want the top edges of the lid and bottom skirt boards to be painted edges, so I’ll orient the cuts with that in mind. No pictures of ripping ‘ole blue, but I used the table saw and have enough left to do the upper (or mid) band board on the carcase, I think.
Then I went the easy way and used the lunchbox planer to thin the skirts boards to something around 5/8” vs. the 7/8” it started out as… How about some actual woodworking now? I started on the left side as I faced the carcase, with the bottom skirt board cut at rough length. I marked the board for the width of chest, then added the thickness of the front and back skirts to each mark. Sorry these pics aren’t intuitive… I can’t recall the order they should be in, but they do convey the degree to which I attempted to mark the skirt boards to fit snug.
Dovetailed the back end, repeated the process for the back skirt, but started by setting the marking gauge.
Used the Diamond Edge to cut the tails, no lines to follow. Just an angle I felt was right, and one I could repeat.
The waste was cut with a coping saw, then cleaned up with the SW #750 re-issues. Here’s my setup for chopping waste on this project:
Then transferred the tails to the pin board via marking knife.
Ready to clean the pin board.
And I love a picture of a workbench in use!
So through the magic of the internet I was able to complete the second front corner and was ready then to mark the side boards and back skirt board for length cuts… Only one chance to do this right, so lots of clamps per the Schwarz’ instructions and a picture tells the tail.
The skirt will extend past the bottom of the chest an inch and a half to help hide the wheels I’ll add later. Here’s a solid aluminum break manifold for a QF-106 that I used for a gauge; it happens to be exactly 1 1/2” thick!
Finished all dovetail corners, and prepared the four sided skirt for a look!
And here it is on the floor of the shop, with the remaining blue board ready for the next upper skirt.
So I’ve got to get said skirting attached permanently, then cut, dovetail and attach the upper (mid) skirt using the blue board that remains. Oh! Something else missing, you say? A lid? Hasn’t that been the problem since we started this journey? : – ) I guess a lid is also on the agenda, then! As always, thanks for looking.
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